Published: 02 Sep 2020
Timaru District Council has selected ten local projects to share $1.85 million of the COVID-19 stimulus fund.
The fund, which was agreed in the 2020/21 annual plan, was aimed at supporting initiatives that enhance and boost recovery in response to COVID-19, contributing to community wellbeing and stimulating economic activity.
The fund attracted 21 applications totalling nearly $3 million, which were assessed during yesterday’s council meeting.
Mayor Nigel Bowen thanked all the community groups who had taken the time to apply to the fund, saying that the high standard of applications had made it a challenging process for councillors.
“We’re pleased that through this fund we’ve been able to provide essential support for projects to enable more than $12 million of economic stimulus in the local economy over the next 12 months.
“A key driver for the councillors was support for projects that not only had the biggest short term ‘shovel-ready’ stimulus, but also delivered the community some excellent new facilities in the long term.
“While we couldn’t support every project, for those that didn’t gain funding through this specific fund, we’ve made sure that we’ve highlighted alternative sources of support both within council and from other external funding bodies.”
The successful applicants were:
Total Project Cost ($)
Stimulus fund Grant ($)
Levels Raceway Resealing Project
South Canterbury Car Club Inc
Tennis SC Court Resurfacing Project at the Trust Aoraki Centre
Tennis South Canterbury Inc
Redevelopment of Alpine Energy Stadium
Fraser Park Community Trust
Temuka District Projects Trust
Geraldine Domain Redevelopment
Geraldine Combined Sports Inc (GCS)
Re-roofing of the main building at the Winchester Domain/Showgrounds
Temuka and Geraldine Agricultural and Pastoral Association Inc
South Canterbury Bike Skills Park
Lions Club of Timaru Suburban
Cycle Trail - Stage 1: Timaru to Cave
Central South Island Cycle Trail Inc
New Classic Truck & Vintage Tractor Building
South Canterbury Traction Engine & Transport Museum Inc.
As a separate part of the overall $2 million fund, $150,000 has been allocated to district development agency Venture Timaru to support local events.
The events supported so far are:
- Timaru Farmers Market $7,500
- Geraldine Farmers Market $3,000
- Temuka Market $3,000
- Pleasant Point Farmers Market $3,000
- Timaru Christmas Parade $5,000
- Temuka Christmas Parade $2,000
- Geraldine Christmas Parade $2,000
- Pleasant Point Christmas Parade $2,000
- Festival of Roses $10,000
- Geraldine Festival $17,500
- Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre $10,000
- Timaru CBD Group $20,000
- Light up the Night $3,000
- Geraldine Fete $4,000
- Get to the Point $5,000
- Christmas on the Bay $3,000
- Soap Box Derby $3,000
Last updated: 02 Sep 2020